Have you walked down the toilet paper aisle at your favorite store lately? Shelf after shelf is lined with promises of softness, thickness, and a great quilted feeling you’re sure to love. You can go generic, you can go earth-friendly, you can go with a top name brand. You can choose a four pack, a twelve pack, or stock up for months with the largest jumbo sized package you can find.

But, while toilet paper companies are touting to you the benefits of choosing their brand, the one thing they aren’t telling you is how their brand might not be so great for your plumbing. Thick, soft toilet paper may be a great thing for you, but your plumbing doesn’t agree.

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There are three ways in which toilet paper is doing your plumbing harm:

1. Pipes

When your plumbing pipes are first installed, the newness lets anything sail right through. But over time, the inside of your pipes begins to change. Oil and grease begins to congeal and adhere to the pipes, causing them to have rough edges and slight variations to the regular flow. Small particles begin to build up. And depending on the age of your plumbing, tiny cracks may allow landscaping to begin the search for water, and enter your pipes in the process. All of this causes tiny ridges for toilet paper to get stuck on, and continue building up the problem in your pipes at an accelerated pace.

2. Low Flow Toilets

There’s the good and the bad of low flow toilets. The good comes from saving water, which in our drought-ridden and water thirsty world is a good thing. The bad comes from lack of power. Less water means less water pressure to push waste down the pipes. If it doesn’t have the power to make it where its suppose to go, it can build up over time.

3. Flushable Wipes

A new product entered the market a few years ago, and is wrecking havoc across the Front Range. Flushable wipes say they are biodegradable, but study after study shows they aren’t. They take much more time to break down than standard toilet paper, and because of their thickness, they don’t move through your pipes as fluidly as toilet paper. An added problem is you have a low flow toilet too.

Here’s a quick way to see if you have the right toilet paper to avoid future plumbing problems. Take a sheet or two of toilet paper and drop them into your toilet. If a few minutes pass and they still look like sheets of toilet paper, they are too thick and are putting your plumbing at risk. Choose a lighter, thinner option; your plumbing will thank you.

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If you have a clogged toilet, or a leaky faucet, your automatic reaction would be to call in a plumber to have the problem fixed.

But what if the problem is more extensive? What if you come home to a bathroom that is completely flooded, with several inches of standing water? Is a plumber still the best person to call?who do i call to repair water damage in my bathroom Who Do I Call To Repair Water Damage In My Bathroom?

Find The Source

Water damage isn’t always to easy to figure out where the origination point is. It could ba a slow leak that suddenly ruptured and caused larger problems, or it could be an instant problem, such as a broken pipe or fixture. The key is finding the source and determining how large the problem is before you decide the course of action.

The minute you discover water damage, turn off the water to your home and call in a plumber. If you catch the problem early enough and clean up the water mess as quickly as possible, you can keep damages to a minimal.

The problem arises when water has time to sit and do serious damage. If a leak exists for weeks or even months, damage can grow beyond the simple fix. Mold and mildew can become not only a risk to your health, it’s a hazard to fix and repair. This is where a plumbers knowledge is invaluable; they understand how to trace the problem back to its origination point, and discover what’s truly going on with your water supply (whether its visible or not).

Repair The Damage

Only when the origin of the water problem is found and fixed can repair begin. If you begin repairs on the assumption you have the problem fixed, you may quickly realize the futility of the situation if flooding occurs again.

In the best case scenario, a plumber can fix the problem with a few simple repairs. Once the water is cleaned up, you can return to life as normal. Worst case scenario would have your bathroom suffering from structural damage, with mold and mildew ever-present throughout the room. In this case, a full remediation may be the only way to bring your bathroom back up to code.

No matter what the situation, the best place to start with any water damage is with a plumber. Your first step is finding the root of the problem. Once you determine the cause, its up to you decide the course of action. Is a simple repair in order? Or do you need a complete remodel, taking the entire room down to the studs? In either case, getting your bathroom back to full working order as fast as possible starts with a phone call. Call us today.

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When a home is originally constructed, several systems are put into place that allow you to function every day with little thought as to how it happens. The HVAC, the electrical, the plumbing systems – all are integral to helping us function.

While we might not spend a lot of time thinking about them, when damage occurs to one of them, its all you can think of. For instance, if one of your plumbing pipes has a crack and begins to leak, you might not be able to cook, take a shower, or even get a glass of water as you normally would.

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Large cracks in a pipe are noticeable; small ones may take years before the damage is evident. But no matter how small the leak may seem, once you have a problem with your plumbing system, speed in repairs is the only thing that will allow you to stop the damage and get back to a normal routine.

Large problems are noticeable almost immediately. But what about the small problems? There are a few things you can watch for that will alert you to the fact you may have a plumbing problem.

Small water spots

One of the easiest ways to determine where the source of the problem is is to see it with your own eyes. A large puddle is a clear indicator; so is a small amount of water. If you regularly step on a spot in your home that is a little damp, it may be an indicator of a problem. If you see small spots of mold or mildew, it may be an indicator. If you have one area in your lawn that is greener than the rest, and always showcases the best landscape in your yard, that may be a sign of a leak. The best time to take action is when problems are still small; don’t wait for them to escalate.

Slow drains

Plumbing problems often arise quickly, and one of the easiest ways to notice is when your water supply doesn’t work the way it used to. When you turn on the water to wash your hands, does it take a while for the water to drain? Do you find yourself standing in water as you finish your shower? A slow drain that seems to form overnight may be a sign you have a clog near that fixture. If you notice more than one drain slowing down, it can be a clear indicator of a deeper problem.

Low water pressure

A home’s water supply is purposely kept high to create an easy flow at every entrance point in your home. If you notice lower pressure, it can be a sign of a clog or a leak that is allowing the water supply to move into other areas.

Remember, your plumbing is a system, and if one portion isn’t working correctly, it impacts the other areas of the system too. A trained plumber understands not only how to fix the problem at its source, but also how to look for damage that may have been caused in other areas. Before your home sustains damage from what could be a small plumbing issue, call in the experts today.

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Contemplating a remodel for the new year? Where should you begin? If you read the home improvement magazines, you know the top rooms to be remodeled are the kitchen and the bathroom – they have the most impact on your life, and will hold or improve the value of your home if you chose to sell.

But there’s another room in your home that may be worth looking at, especially if you have an older home … your laundry room.bring the laundry room out of the basement Bring The Laundry Room Out Of The Basement

The typical American will spend around 7 hours per week doing laundry. Manufacturers of washers and dryers say that the average load takes around 2 hours of time from start to finish. And the tasks involved – collecting the clothes, transporting them, sorting them, washing and drying them, folding or hanging them up, returning them to bedrooms – all take that much longer if you are going from an upstairs bedroom to a dark corner of your basement.

Ease will definitely be impacted if you move your laundry room from the basement up a level, and put it near the mudroom or the kitchen, or move it upstairs and place it by the bedrooms. And you may also add value to your home, as recent studies show those basement laundry facilities can cause the offer on your home to fall by 4 percent or more.

If a new laundry room is on your list of remodel projects, you’ll quickly find that it isn’t a do it yourself project. Laundry rooms need proper plumbing and ventilation in order to operate efficiently; start by speaking with a contractor to make sure your project meets all building code requirements. Costs will depend on where you place the laundry room, and the number of physical changes you make to your home in order to incorporate it into your home.

Space

A spare linen closet near the bedrooms can be adjusted to house a stackable washer and dryer. Or convert a small room into an elegant laundry room. Space is only an issue as you are deciding the number of accessories you choose to build into your laundry room. A standard washer and dryer needs approximately 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep. Add in sinks, folding tables, ironing boards, and areas to house supplies and detergents, and you can add in a few more feet.

Location

Laundry rooms need a few basic things to function properly. Plumbing and wiring are at the top of the list. Building codes also require flexible ductwork for the dryer and shut off valves for the washer. You may also need a structural engineer to make sure your floor joists can stand the constant movement of a washer. You’ll also have to fully insulate to deaden the sound if it backs to the master bath.

Gas or Electric?

Most dryers run from 30 to 32 inches in depth. You will need enough space for the dryer, plus at least 6 more inches of clearance for venting duct and gas connections (if using gas). Building codes will also determine which door type you’ll need – a vent with a fan is needed to bring in enough air for proper combustion for a gas dryer. You’ll also need to make sure the doorway is large enough to move the washer in and out easily.

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tips for a healthy septic system Tips For A Healthy Septic System Does your home operate with a septic system? If so, its important to provide regular maintenance to keep everything running efficiently, and avoid bigger problems down the road.

How often a system should be pumped depends on a number of factors:

  • The size of the tank
  • The number of people using the tank
  • How many gray water producing appliances are in use regularly
  • How much medication a person is using, since large amounts can impact the bacterial action of the tank

At a bare minimum, a septic tank should be pumped every 1 to 3 years. However, if your regularly scheduled maintenance is still a ways away, and you begin noticing:

  • Standing water in the leaching area
  • Lush vegetation
  • Odor or slow drainage in household drains
  • Sewage backup

It can be a sign of blockage, and maintenance work should be conducted as soon as possible.

While pumping regularly is the best way to maintain a healthy septic system, you should also be conscious of what is going down into your system, and change some of your daily patterns if necessary.

  • Never allow excess amounts of grease to enter your system
  • Don’t allow a water softener system to drain into your septic tank
  • Stagger laundry loads; you should never wash a dozen loads of laundry, allowing the soap to drain in the septic system all at once
  • Never use large amounts of chemicals, such as detergents, bleach, or chemical cleaners
  • Keep heavy equipment from driving or parking on your system
  • Never ignore plumbing leaks. Any leak can quickly saturate the system and turn small problems into large ones very quickly

If you have a plumbing problem, it could originate from your septic system. Pump regularly, stick with a routine maintenance schedule to reduce the chances of future problems, and give us a call whenever you have a question. No question is too small; and the small ones can help you eliminate the chance for large problems down the road.

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Nothing can be worse than walking into a room and finding a puddle of water. Water damage can quickly add up, so finding the root of the problem and fixing it fast is your only course of action.

Leaky pipes are big problems. But in some cases, it may take a little bit of time to get a plumber out to your home. If turning the water off at the source isn’t a solution – you still have to live in your home in the mean time – there are a few ways you can temporarily fix a leaky pipe.3 quick ways to fix your leaky pipes 3 Quick Ways To Fix Your Leaky Pipes

 

Plumbers Epoxy

Plumbing epoxy is a putty like substance that is comparable to the molding clay you played with as a child. Turn off the water supply to the pipe you will be working on. Dry it off as much as you can. Take a small amount of epoxy and knead it a few times before molding it over the crack. Push it around the crack to make sure it adheres and covers the crack completely. Let it harden for a few minutes, then turn the water back on and look for leaks.

Pipe Repair Clamp

Start by turning off the water supply and drying the area thoroughly. Then wrap plastic or a rubber patch around the effected area. Seal it with electrical tape to hold it in place. Finally, fasten a clamp around the patch putting pressure on the seal. Test it before you continue using your fixture as normal.

Duct Tape

In many ways, duct tape is the cure-all for all kinds of home maintenance projects. And with a leaky pipe, its no exception. Turn off the water supply and dry the impacted area. Tightly wrap duct tape around the pipe, making sure to go beyond the area that is leaking. Its important to create a tight seal, as any space will allow water to seep through.

While none of these solutions will hold you for the long term, they will give you a chance to contact a reputable plumber and get them to your home as quickly as possible.

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Hiring a plumber isn’t something you do every day. In fact, in most cases its something you do in an unexpected, emergency situation, which makes the process that much more frustrating. You may have been saving money for something else, and all of a sudden you’re hit with a large bill.

Why does a plumber cost so much?

Well, there are several reasons for that.

First of all, when you hire a plumber for an emergency situation, its usually a fairly big problem within your home. Like a water heater that breaks, flooding your basement with several inches of water. Not only do you have to replace the water heater, but you have to replace all of the items damaged with flood water. Yes, the entire process can be very expensive.

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Even if you inquire for smaller jobs, the estimates can sometimes be higher than what you anticipate. Does it really cost that much to replace a toilet and faucets in a bathroom? Its only natural to question the fee that made it to the bottom of your estimate.

Which brings us to reason two. Plumbers charge what they do because of the time it takes to master their skill. Here in Colorado, there are three skill levels a plumber can achieve:

  • Residential plumber – 2 years on the job or 3,400 hours of practical experience
  • Journeyman plumber – 4 years or 6.800 hours of practical experience
  • Master plumber – 5 years of experience

Milestones for each are also capped off by a rigorous test, meaning if a plumber arrives at your door with one of these skill levels in place, they are well trained for whatever problems they face within your home.

We believe that all of our work should be completed satisfactorily the first time. Which is why we make sure all of our plumbers are well trained and experienced to trouble shoot, diagnose, evaluate, repair and install every type of plumbing fixture imaginable within your home. If you have a specific problem – sewer line problem, tankless water heater issue, boiler not working – we’ll make sure a well qualified plumber who has specific knowledge will answer the call.

The real value of a plumber not only comes from the skill and knowledge level of the plumber showing up at your door, it also comes from the company that he represents. We’ve built a business here in Denver over the last few years with thousands of happy customers all over the metro area. We do that by:

  • Being available 24/7, when you need us most
  • Treating your home with respect, as if it were our own
  • Providing you with options and letting you make the decision that’s right for your family
  • Providing an estimate before work is done, so you know the details before you make a final decision

While calling a plumber may be because of an emergency situation, we want to provide you with the best experience from the time we pick up the phone. We’re here for you … just call.

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There is one appliance in your home that receives its fair share of daily use. Yet chances its not one of the things that makes your list when you talk about remodeling or upgrading.

Its your toilet.

The life expectancy of a toilet can vary greatly, but like everything in our homes, there comes a point in time when replacing it is the better solution. How do you know if you’ve reached that point?

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Cracks can occur either in the tank or in the bowl. In many cases they are hard to spot. If a crack goes unnoticed, it can quickly grow and build, releasing a flood of water in a short period of time. A simple way to determine if you have a crack is to drop a few drops of food coloring in to the tank. Wait a few minutes. If the food coloring seeps into the bowl, you have a leak and it may be caused by a crack.

Age

If your home was built in the 80s or before, and the toilet has never been upgraded, you are still operating with a full flush toilet. Toilets from this era used 3.5 gallons of water or more with every flush. In 1992, the Energy Policy Act was signed into law, making 1.6 gallons per flush a maximum for all new toilets produced. With today’s technology, you can find low flow toilets at this water level and below – ever considered a dual flush toilet in your home? You may be surprised by all the options available to you.

Cost

When a toilet reaches a certain point, you may be spending more on replacement parts then you would by replacing the entire toilet. If you’ve replaced a part more than once per year, its time to look at replacing the entire unit rather than working your way through part by part.

Clogs

A toilet constantly clogs, it may be time for an upgrade. Especially with an older low flow toilet, if you find yourself consistently plunging, or flushing more than once on a regular basis, it’s a wise decision to upgrade.

Have any questions about your toilet or your plumbing? One of our licensed plumbers can assess your situation and give you the best options for repair and/or replacement. Give us a call today.

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Nothing can be more exciting than buying a new home. However, if two weeks after you move in things start happening with your plumbing system, you may soon be convinced you purchased the “money pit”. There is a way to avoid all of that … perform a plumbing inspection before buying a home, and you’ll find out the condition before you put in that final offer.

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Start by checking your main sewer line.

A home’s plumbing operates in one of two ways: by a municipal sewer system or a septic tank. Start by asking the seller about the plumbing history of the home, age of major appliances including the water heater, and about any work that may still be under warranty. To find out the condition of the municipal sewer system, a plumbing contractor can come in and set up a camera line inspection to quickly tell you the overall condition of the plumbing. If the house runs on a septic tank, find out where its located, the capacity of the tank, and the location of the drain field. Consider having it inspected as well.

Inspect the water heater.

Find out where the water heater is in the home, its capacity and how old it is. Water heaters typically last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. If you see visible signs of corrosion, you can ask for a new one to be installed before closing. To verify the age, find the serial number which is located on the plate of the water heater. It will have the age on it as well.

Find leaks in the system

Part of the inspection process should be to spend time in the home and locate smaller potential problems. As you make your way from room to room, do you notice any drips of water coming from the fixtures? Do you see small wet spots where they shouldn’t be? What you may have missed in the few minutes you spent in the home while deciding whether to put in an offer, can easily come to light when you spend more time in a room.

Flush every toilet

Flush every toilet in the home and make sure it works properly, filling back up with water in a timely basis. Do you hear small leaks? Also check around the base for evidence of prior leaks.

Look for adequate protection on risky pipes

If you’ve ever dealt with a frozen pipe, you know how devastating it can be. As you are making your way through your home inspection, look for visible signs of previous pipe problems, and also look for potential problems in the future. Pipes on outside walls without adequate protection are signs you may have a future problem without upgrading the situation now.

Check for lead pipes

In homes built before 1986, you’ll often find lead or galvanized plumbing. Lead is an environmental hazard, and precautions should be taken to avoid using lead in your water supply. If the system hasn’t been updated, talk about your options before you sign on the dotted line.

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Unfortunately, few things in your home scream emergency quite like a plumbing problem. When a pipe bursts, spraying water all over your home, the last thing you think about is comparison shopping. Instead, you want help fast and you want it NOW.

That’s also the easiest way to get into trouble, paying exorbitant fees for in some cases sub-par work. Plumbers know this. And if you get a less than scrupulous plumber on the phone during your weekend or holiday emergency, it’s a recipe for disaster.

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Of course you know this – that’s why this process is so difficult. With every phone call you make, you see the dollar signs flashing before your eyes. But what else can you do?

Actually, quite a bit.

Instead of heading to the nearest phone book or sending out a search to Google from your iPhone, take a step back first. The most important part of a plumbing emergency is to stop the problem first, and in most cases you can do that easily. Plumbing means water – you have to stop the water flow to begin to control the problem. Find the water supply main shut off valve and turn it off. That cuts the water flow, and buys you time to take the next steps without being in a state of panic.

All major appliances that use water have a shut off valve to control water at the source. If you are sure where the problem originates, you can head straight to the appliance and cut the water supply there. If not, all homes have a main shut off valve that controls the water supply from the municipal to your home. Its typically located near your water meter, either in the basement or crawl space of your home, or outside near the pavement or sidewalk. When you find this valve, you will need a wrench to shut off the water supply.

Once you shut off the water source, its important to check and make sure you have stopped the leak. Keep in mind that depending on what is leaking or broke may have residual water, so its important to monitor it and make sure the water stops. This will buy you some time to find a reputable plumber that can help you fix your problem at a reasonable cost.

If you can wait for normal working hours, this will give you a chance to do a little research and find reputable plumbers in your area. Choose a few and connect with them to ask a few questions. Provide as much detail as you can about the situation, and ask about their availability and their approach to the problem. You can learn quite a bit about a plumber by the way they respond to your needs.

If you are dealing with weekend or holiday hours, and the situation can’t wait until the next normal work day, this also gives you time to do a little research. You can approach finding a plumber in much the same way, yet keep in mind you’ll have to ask about special rates and availability.

Plumbing is a very competitive marketplace, and you’ll find all kinds of information online. Check out a plumbers website – does it look professional? How involved are they in the community – do they have good reviews by local organizations? In today’s world, you can find reviews and feedback in a variety of places. When you’ve narrowed your search down to a few plumbers, spend time getting comfortable with a potential plumber. If you see negative review after negative review, it may be a sign to proceed with caution.

Also make sure you understand the billing process. Every plumber will quote in a different manner. Some with higher hourly rates may charge you only for the time in your home, versus a lower hourly rate may be charging you from his location and back again. If something doesn’t make sense or doesn’t compare, ask. A reputable plumber will help you understand it thoroughly and help you make an educated decision.

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